Watch the Solar Eclipse Live Online

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With the solar eclipse happening Monday, many of our homecare patients in Denver are looking forward to the event. Though some may not be able to make it to Wyoming or the other surrounding areas, we hope many people are able to see it online. Technology has given many people the ability to experience this event, when without it they may not have been able to.

Watch Monday’s Solar Eclipse From Your Home

There’s a way to follow the historic event even if you’re not in its path

Watch Monday’s Solar Eclipse From Your Home There’s a way to follow the historic event even if you’re not in its path Excited about Monday’s solar eclipse, but don’t live in the path of full visibility that includes places like Redmond, Ore., or Knoxville, Tenn.? Not to worry! Technology has improved tremendously over the 38 years since the moon last completely obscured the sun over the contiguous United States. This means you’ll be able to enjoy an immersive eclipse experience from your living room or online. Here are a few of your available options. The Weather Channel begins its coverage Monday at 6 a.m. ET with reporters around the country — and beyond. For example, the network will partner with Royal Caribbean to show the eclipse from a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It will also be aboard a chartered Alaska Airlines plane to film the event from 35,000 feet in the air. Online, the Weather Channel has teamed up with Twitter to live stream the event, which you can view at eclipse2017.twitter.com. You also can submit content by tweeting with the hashtag #Eclipse2017. CNN will start its coverage at 1 p.m. ET with a live show hosted by science correspondent Rachel Crane and former astronaut Mark Kelly. Online — at cnn.com/eclipse and on CNN’s mobile apps and its Facebook Live page — you can view livestream broadcasts from five locations in stunning 4K high-definition. And if you have a virtual reality headset, you’re in luck. You can view a 360-degree stream through your device. 

Read the full article here: How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Online – AARP http://bit.ly/2ibXUPU

Glen Campbell’s Legacy Lives On

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It was sad news for home health care patients in Canon City when they found out about the passing of country music legend Glen Campbell. His openness about his Alzheimer’s diagnosis has influenced the way people talk about the disease.  

Glen Campbell’s Final Gift

The country legend’s legacy includes his bracing honesty (and enduring good humor) in facing Alzheimer’s

As fellow musicians, actors and even former presidents reacted to the news of Glen Campbell’s death Tuesday, appreciation poured in for the gentlemanly, apple-cheeked singer and guitar picker, a session musician-turned-recording and film star whose ability to fuse genres helped give a later generation of performers a wider audience.

But Campbell’s final contribution — openly sharing his experience with a disease that affects 5.5 million Americans — spoke more to the strength of his character than it did to his wide-ranging musical talent. 

Officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, Campbell swiftly set off on a goodbye tour, with a five-week adieu turning into a 15-city marathon. Ronald Petersen, a neurologist who treated Campbell at the Mayo Clinic, says that as bold as it was of Campbell to go public with his diagnosis at the time (something that very few celebrities choose to do), it was “additionally courageous, and important, of him to allow a film crew to document what’s happening to him on the road as the disease progresses.” The resulting documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Mewas released in 2014.

While the disease was “pretty well established” by the time Campbell was treating crowds to renditions of Rhinestone Cowboy or Southern Nights, he showed fans and the public alike “that people with this kind of impairment can still have quality of life, and that they can do the things they enjoy … with the appropriate supports,” says Petersen. The film also showed the very forgiving response of fans when Campbell, then struggling with tasks as simple as finding a hotel room bathroom, tripped up on lyrics or, say, made a nonsensical statement from the stage.

“They were endeared to him and cared so much,” Petersen says. “They weren’t judging him, or anything of the sort.” While some of that had to do with the fans’ love of Campbell — a nice guy even to the bitter end of his treatment, notes Petersen — the response isn’t that unlike what many patients encounter when they let others in on their disease, he says.

Read the full article here: Country Singer Glen Campbell Dies at Age 81 – AARP http://bit.ly/2hTiyo2

Do You Have a Hard Time Sleeping? These Might Be the Reasons Why.

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Sleep is a vital part of not only recovery but general health and well being as well. We see patients struggle with sleep during in home physical rehabilitation in Denver sometimes. Creating a good routine and eating schedule can be a helpful way in improving someone’s sleep habits.  

5 Reasons You Can’t Sleep 
What you can do to reclaim the zzzs you need 

For the 70 million Americans who suffer from insomnia, nighttime can be endless and exhausting. If you’re a chronic non-sleeper, you’ve no doubt followed expert advice to turn off the electronics, keep the bedroom dark and cool, and avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed. But we’ve found five surprising reasons why you might not be sleeping through the night. And they’re all fixable.

1. You eat a lot of fast food

As if you really need another reason to give up sweetened beverages, consider this: Adults who drank a lot of soda were more likely to sleep just five hours a night or less, according to a 2016 study in the journal Sleep Health. Consuming large amounts of sugar may increase insulin resistance and produce inflammation. Add to the soda a fast-food meal like a burger and fries, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for poor snoozing. “When your body is constantly putting out fires from processing unhealthy foods, the result may be shallower sleep,” says Michael Grandner, director of the Sleep & Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

Fix it

Go for greens and green tea. Older adults who followed a Mediterranean diet — with its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil — were more likely to snag better-quality slumber, a 2017 study in the journal Sleep found. Also, a new Japanese study discovered that lowering the amount of salt in the diet can dramatically cut middle-of-the-night bathroom calls.

3. You take sleep meds

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: Sleep medicines give you just an extra 15 minutes of sleep per night on average, Oexman says. And you may not feel that refreshed the next day, either. “They have an amnesia effect, where you’re still waking up, you just don’t remember it,” he says. That’s a big price to pay for dangerous side effects, including addiction, sleepwalking and falling. While the sleep hormone melatonin can be safer, most people take it incorrectly, Grandner says. Melatonin works to shift your body clock—not induce sleep.

Fix it

Sleep meds should be taken only as a short-term treatment for insomnia in response to a major life stressor, like divorce, death in the family or job loss, says Helena Schotland, M.D., sleep expert at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center in Ann Arbor. If you want to try melatonin — for instance, if you’re normally a night owl and want to get to sleep sooner — take a small dose two to three hours before bed.

5. You have undiagnosed sleep apnea

Think you don’t have sleep apnea if you don’t snore? Not true, Schotland says. Many of the 23 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea have uncommon symptoms, including night sweating, morning headaches, dry mouth and, yes, insomnia. And not all sufferers are overweight, which is why it is frequently missed. One telltale sign: You’re especially tired during the day. “Many people ignore this red flag,” Schotland says.

Fix it

If you get a full night’s sleep but are still dragging during the day, talk to your doctor. If you do have sleep apnea, treatments are effective and may include an oral device or CPAP machine. Even a little weight loss can help; one study found that losing just 20 pounds cut the number of apnea episodes per hour nearly in half.

Read the full article here: Insomnia And Reasons For Sleep Problems – AARP http://bit.ly/2weXEm3

Easing Depression using Occupational Therapy

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No matter what the condition is, depression has a way of sneaking into many patients lives. Imagine a home heath care patient in Pueblo who is working on their physical strength, but then needs some help with their mental strength as well. Working on becoming happy and healthy during any kind of treatment means a good balance of physical and mental health. 

Occupational therapy eases depression in patients with age-related macular degeneration

With any type of medical condition, a loss of independence can lead to growing feelings of depression. People living with age-related macular degeneration experience a gradual erosion of their independence as failing eyesight makes simple tasks such as navigating their homes or reading medicine bottles quite di­fficult.

A study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science examined two therapeutic approaches to macular degeneration rehabilitation and how they affected patients’ levels of depression. In the study, subjects were provided with the same baseline low-vision optometry evaluation and in-office patient training, and then split into two groups. The first group received six one-hour, in-home sessions with an occupational therapist, who helped the patients work on practical lifestyle tasks such as writing checks, measuring ingredients and pouring liquids. The second group received an equal amount of time with a counselor, who engaged in supportive talk therapy about their vision loss and disability, but offered no pragmatic advice on how to complete chores or navigate their environment.

After four months, researchers assessed the progress of both groups. The patients who received the occupational therapy showed greater improvement in their ability to perform daily activities than those who did not. (The talk therapy participants did experience some improvement, likely attributed to the initial low-vision optometry sessions and possibly from the encouragement they received from the in-home counselor.) The researchers also concluded that when patients improved in their functional ability, their level of depression decreased, according to AOA.

Read the full article here: Occupational therapy eases depression in patients with age-related macular degeneration http://bit.ly/2v19zGH

Technology is Changing the way Doctors Communicate with Home Care Patients

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Technology is no doubt changing the way we communicate, it’s even changing the way doctors communicate with their patients. Sometimes with home care in Denver, it is especially hard to get some patients to the doctor and back when they need to go on a frequent basis. This can be because of their specific condition and sometimes it is because of their physical location. When taking care of these patients, we want them to feel as comfortable as possible, and sometimes those trips to the hospital can really take the energy out of someone. New technologies have given some patients the ability to communicate with their doctors in an effective way. This concept has the potential to really change some people’s lives. 

In Home Care Support Leads the Way for Healthcare into the Future

The healthcare system in the United States has gone through some major changes through the years. Even though it is renowned by the world as the leader, it continues to have challenges due to a wide range of reasons. Currently, the cost of healthcare in this country continues to skyrocket and it has led many to try and find cost saving solutions, and that has meant an increased focus on in home care support.

When people have struggles at home with their health, mobility, and other issues, in the past there have been few options. They could spend time in a hospital or nursing home or rely on loved ones. As the nuclear family has essentially disintegrated, it becomes more difficult to find support from family.

Home care has been an essential component for this aging population to avoid some of these alternatives that can be far costlier, but now it’s also beginning to pave the way for improved health care at home.

Technology is providing an opportunity for doctors and nurses to begin monitoring their patients remotely. This can save a tremendous amount of time and money and allow hospitals to allocate limited resources more efficiently. It also allows those seniors who would prefer to remain at home the opportunity to do so.

Read the full article here: In Home Care Support Leads the Way for Healthcare into the Future – Home Care Daily http://bit.ly/2uRgK4g

Making Family Gatherings Easier for Seniors Who Can’t Hear

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Communication for someone with a hearing impairment can be challenging, but you can make a few simple adjustments to ensure the family gathering is an inclusive and pleasant experience for everyone.

Hearing loss is a common thing we encounter while working in home health care in Denver, creating an inclusive environment during a family gathering has the potential to change the life of the individual who experiences hearing loss. Read below about how you can make this experience memorable for everyone involved!

Position Yourself to Be Heard and Seen

It is important that you are in the best position to be heard, as well as seen, by a person with hearing loss. Face the person directly so that your face, especially your mouth, is in plain sight. Do not obstruct your mouth with your hands, or eat or drink, while trying to communicate.

If the person with hearing loss has a favorable ear, be sure to sit on that side of them. When initiating conversation, be sure you have their attention so that you are both focused on the conversation and no words are lost or misunderstood. It is difficult for anyone to jump into a conversation or respond to questions when they have not heard what was spoken or asked of them.

Communicate Clearly

Speak in a clear, concise manner without shouting and overemphasizing. It is a common mistake for people to speak excessively slowly or loudly to a person with hearing loss, which can lead to unnecessary hurt feelings and embarrassment. In fact, exaggerated speech may even make it more difficult for the person to hear what you are saying, as words can sound distorted.

If the person is having trouble understanding what you are saying, try rephrasing your words rather than repeating them. Sometimes saying something in a different way can be less complicated and make it easier for the him or her to understand you.

Reduce Background Noise

Background noise can be very distracting as well. The noise of the television, radio or multiple conversations taking place around you can obscure the words you are saying. Turn off background noise and relocate to a quieter area to have the best possible conversation.

Show Patience and Understanding

Most importantly, when communicating with someone who is experiencing hearing loss, be patient and understanding. Hearing loss can have a profound effect on a person’s life and can cause frustration, social withdrawal and depression. It is important to include people with hearing loss in conversation, and make your best effort to accommodate their needs. Doing this will ensure that family gatherings are a fun-filled experience for everyone!

Read the full article here: Making Family Gatherings Easier for Seniors Who Can’t Hear http://bit.ly/2tb8IOm

Saving Our 5 Senses as We Age

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Declines in hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch happen with age. Protect and enhance what’s left

Jazz trumpeter Kris Chesky pops in foam earplugs when he mows the lawn or gets on an airplane. Onstage, he asks the band to play quiet passages even more pianissimo. “Once you’ve got hearing loss, due to aging or sound exposure, you can’t get it back,” says Chesky, 58, a University of North Texas music professor and codirector of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health. “I want to keep what I’ve got, even if it makes me a little unpopular sometimes.” Sometimes during in home physical rehabilitation in Denver, patients will experience changes in their physical senses. It is important to know how to take care of these sense as we get older.

Tens of millions of Americans suffer age-related losses in at least one of their senses, according to a recent University of Chicago study. Such changes can make everyday pleasures feel flat while increasing the risk of other health issues, such as poor nutrition, falling, depression or dementia.

Hearing

A lifetime of noise — power tools, a loud workplace, that Who concert — along with normal aging can cause deterioration. The tiny hair cells in your ears that send signals to your brain don’t regenerate, notes Frank Lin, associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Your brain shrinks as you age, but hearing loss can accelerate this shrinking, which can more than double the risk of dementia. You’re also more likely to suffer falls. “Balance gets thrown off when you can’t hear your footsteps,” Lin says. Hearing loss also increases your odds for depression and loneliness

Taste

Are you putting more salt in your soup or sugar in your tea? Cells within your taste buds may not regenerate at the same rate as when you were younger, says researcher Nancy Rawson, associate director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. 

Some ailments, including diabetes, upper respiratory tract infections and rheumatoid arthritis, can also affect taste sensitivity, Rawson notes. “As a result, you may use more salt and sugar, add more butter or margarine to bring out flavor, eat less fruit and vegetables, and go for more sweet or salty processed foods,” she says. 

Touch

About 30 percent of people in their 50s say their sense of touch isn’t what it used to be; another 30 percent say it’s downright poor. Normal brain aging and the gradual loss of touch-sensing receptors in skin may explain the problem. 

Your ability to detect pain, heat and cold weakens as your sense of touch declines. “And aging can affect sensors in joints, muscles and tendons, as well as skin, that give your brain important information about where your body is in space. As a result, you may feel unsteady or clumsy,” says Winnie Dunn, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. 

Read the full article here: Hearing Loss, Decline Of Senses With Age – AARP http://bit.ly/2sWuyW0

Older adults are good Samaritans to strangers

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Greater generosity in late life may be an avenue for emotional gratification and sense of purpose for the elderly

During our time with home care clients in Denver, we are humbled greatly by the generosity of some of the older adults we work with. Even though they may need some help themselves, giving to someone in need provides us with a sense of satisfaction and purpose.

People tend to become more generous as they age. This certainly holds true when it comes to helping strangers, according to a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Findings from the study showed that while the older adults treat their kin and friends the same as younger adults do, the elderly donate more to strangers than younger adults, even when their generosity is unlikely to be reciprocated.

“Greater generosity was observed among senior citizens possibly because as people become older, their values shift away from purely personal interests to more enduring sources of meaning found in their communities,” explained Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, who led the study. Asst Prof Yu is from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at NUS.

Generosity towards strangers is a function of age

Studies have shown that as people age, they are inclined to volunteer more frequently, are more attentive to ecological concerns, and are less interested in becoming rich. However, there is a lack of understanding of the core motive behind such altruistic behaviour. The team led by Asst Prof Yu sought to address this knowledge gap by looking at how social relationships with others influence how much older adults donate in comparison with younger adults.

The study, which was conducted from March 2016 to January 2017, involved 78 adults in Singapore. 39 of them were older adults with an average age of 70, while the other 39 were younger adults who were about 23 years old.

Read the full article here: Older adults are good Samaritans to strangers http://bit.ly/2siDF2F

Home Safety Tips for Seniors

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Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it’s important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers present in the home for seniors living alone and prepare accordingly. You can help prevent falls and accidents by making changes to unsafe areas in the home with these tips.

GENERAL HOME SAFETY

The following home safety tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
  • Never smoke when alone or in bed.
  • Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure you have your balance.
  • Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
  • Use a correctly measured walking aid.
  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
  • Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors.
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
  • Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house, or, if necessary, purchase a stairlift.
  • Use only non-glare 100 watt or greater incandescent bulbs (or the fluorescent equivalents.)
  • Make sure that all stair cases have good lighting with switches at top and bottom.
  • Make sure that staircase steps should have a non-slip surface.

KITCHEN SAFETY

  • Keep floors clean and uncluttered.
  • Illuminate work areas.
  • Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.
  • Store sharp knives in a rack.
  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut-off.
  • Store heavier objects at waist level.
  • Store hazardous items separate from food.
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.
  • Make sure food is rotated regularly and check expiration dates.

We want our home health care clients in Denver to have the knowledge and ability to stay safe in every room of the house while we are not there, this is so important to us.

Read the full article here: Home Safety Tips for Seniors http://bit.ly/2s4RxgW

Bathroom Safety Tips for the Elderly

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Being able to stay safe in the bathroom is something very important to our in home care clients in Canon City, learning these safety tips can make a big difference. 

INSTALL GRAB BARS Grab bars give you something to hold when you’re getting into and out of the shower. They also offer a way to catch yourself if you’re about to fall. Add grab bars and safety rails to the shower/ tub and near the toilet. Make sure they’re anchored well enough to support an adult’s weight.

ADD NON-SKID SURFACES While skid-proof decals are a step in the right direction, they don’t cover the entire bathtub surface, so slips are still possible. Look instead for a mat that covers the surface of the bathtub floor. Likewise, you may want to add a mat with a rubber backing to the bathroom floor. PUT IN

NIGHTLIGHTS For those middle-of-the-night trips back and forth to the bathroom, nightlights add illumination that can make all the difference between seeing your way safely to the restroom and tripping on something along the way.

LOWER THE WATER TEMPERATURE Set the whole-house water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower so that an elderly person is less likely to get burned.

PROVIDE SEATING Extended periods of standing to brush teeth, wash up for bed, etc., can be wearying to an elderly body. Add seating to the bathroom so a person can sit while getting ready. Likewise, consider adding a shower chair with a rigid back that allows for a seated position while showering. RAISE

THE TOILET SEAT To prevent overexertion from having to go to the bathroom, add a raised toilet seat that makes sitting down and getting up much easier. For anyone with knee pain, hip pain, joint pain, etc., this can be a great, practical way to improve bathroom safety.

HAVE ITEMS WITHIN REACH Whether it’s shampoo and conditioner easily reachable in the shower, or toothpaste and soap easy accessible at the sink, keep items in the places where you use them. This helps eliminate unnecessary reaching, searching and standing — and the potential for accidents that comes with them.

PROVIDE SUPERVISION In some cases, the best and most important way to protect a senior citizen in the bathroom is through the care of a loved one. Whether it’s a relative, friend or home health aide, having someone nearby greatly reduces the chance of serious injury.

BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS FOR THE ELDERLY Creating a safe home environment for senior citizens starts with the bathroom — the place where, for the elderly, most at-home accidents occur. Whether it’s a slip in the shower or tripping on the way to the restroom at night, falls and injuries are especially common in the bathroom. To improve bathroom safety at home, you need to know how to handle the hazards. Here are some important bathroom safety tips to help keep you or your loved ones safe: www.modernbathroom.com

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